"Amelie!!!!" Katerina screamed into the phone. "You called!!"
I yanked the phone away from my ear. "Seriously, K, calm down," I said in an annoyed tone. "If you want me to call in the future and be able to HEAR you you might want to lower the volume level."
Katerina obliged. "Sorry, sorry," she said, but she was still giggling. I could just imagine her dancing up and down in place like she did whenever she got excited. "It's just that I haven't been able to talk to you for weeks! You just disappeared, none of us could figure out where you were, your parents were frantic..."
I rolled my eyes. "Yeah, I'll be they were worried," I said. "Worried about what they would wear to the press conferences." There was a pause on the other end; I knew what I said had been the truth. Well, whatever. That was my parents for you. They had been The Couple for over eleven years now. I didn't know what the public saw in them, because the people I saw at home - which happened rarely - weren't all that amazing. And if they weren't being publicized, they were running off on a new adventure somewhere. I think this time it was Belize. The upside of them being distracted was that I had complete control over my life. Well, I did - until my life fell apart.
"Well, that doesn't really matter anyways," Katerina recovered and waved off the past. I straightened my shoulders.
"Right," I said. "It doesn't."
"Isabelle, Viktor, Andres, come here! It's Amelie!!!"
I heard a lot of shuffling and then the excited, familiar voices of my friends.
"Girlieee!! We missed you!! Where the helll are you, missy?" Isabelle laughed.
"Darling, Paris simply isn't the same without you!" said my gay guy-best friend, Viktor.
"Please come baaack," Andres fake-whined. "Is and K are driving me crazyyy!!"
I couldn't help but smile at the thought of my four best friends, sitting in a Cafe Malongo somewhere, disturbing all the other customers.
"I miss you guys too," I admitted. "That's why I called. I have an idea."
"Oooh, what is it?" Isabelle asked eagerly. "Are you going to make a super-big comeback?"
"Mmmm, not yet," I said, but I tucked that idea away for the future...when I was ready. "How would you guys like to come to Seattle with me?"
There was a pause. "Seattle?" Katerina finally asked, warily. "Isn't that the place where it rains alllll the time?"
"MOST of the time," I said. "You'd actually be surprised, K, it's ah-lot like New York."
"I like New York," Isabelle piped up to no one in particular.
"Well, I'm game," Andres said easily. The rest quickly followed.
"Great," I said. "We don't have to stay forever, just long enough to stir up the town, do some dirt, hop to another venue and press repeat."
"Love it!" Viktor said.
"I gotta go pack," Isabelle said distractedly, wandering away from the phone.
"See you in Seattle, babe," K said. "Call me!"
Yesss, I know that this set/story isn't the greatest.
But let me give it a try :]